Chelsea Pre season: Good, bad or ugly?
We’ve not been very good and there were times with ten men against City in the Community Shield where we were chasing shadows. However, we showed decent spirit in the last twenty minutes and have been blighted by late returns from The European Championships and the Olympics, and pre-season is a notoriously bad barometer of form, so all is not lost.
Hopes for the season:
Being crowned ‘World Club Champions’ in Yokohama in December would be nice, wouldn’t it? Otherwise finishing in the top 4 and a trip to Wembley in May would be success in what is a transition season for the team.
Fears for the season:
That the club will continue to block by CPO shares and that by the season’s end we’ll have arranged a move to a shiny new flat-pack stadium in Willesden.
Absolute bare minimum you’ll accept:
That the players put in the requisite effort in every game, an effort which at times looked to be lacking under Villas-Boas.
Fixture you’re most looking forward to?
Watching Chelsea in Japan will be an experience, but domestically it’s hard to choose. QPR away will be tasty and looking forward to going to Upton Park again, but not sure anything can compete with informing the two North London sides who the Champions of Europe are.
Got the right manager?
He won us the European Cup and he’s ‘Chelsea’, he deserves the opportunity.
By Christmas you’ll be…
Champions of the World.
Player you’d most like to sign?
I have to confess I don’t watch a lot of (any) foreign football so don’t know a lot about some of the names we’re linked with, but we need a decent right back.
Which player should we look out for?
Torres, fingers crossed.
Which player would you love to ditch?
With perennial scapegoats Bosingwa and Kalou already out the door, only Florent Malouda remains to shoulder the worst of supporters’ frustration and it might be time for him to move on to pastures new. However, having been there in Munich in May they all leave as heroes.
Opposition hate figure?
Andre Villas-Boas. Anyone who goes to Tottenham from Chelsea is an absolute wrong’un and the fact that he’s a smug little ginger with a massive chip on his shoulder only makes it worse.
Tell us something we don’t know about your club?
We’d have been the first English side to compete in the European Cup, in the 1955- 56 season, but were forbidden from entering by the Football League’s Management Committee.
What won’t happen this season?
Famous last words and all that but can’t see us finishing below Tottenham again.
It’s not particularly clever, witty, or original but won’t ever tire of singing ‘We are the champions, champions of Europe’.
Where will you finish?
Any other news?
We’re champions of Europe, in case you missed it.
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